Welcome to our list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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Still Life

Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

This selection of works from Orange Regional Gallery’s Collection presents various approaches to the still life genre. Ranging from works on paper, painting, photography and ceramics, each is an invitation to imagine the daily life and narratives of the objects, artists, and times from which they were made.

Free entry

Collection Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

This exhibition includes recent acquisitions by John Olsen OAM, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Boggs, Kevin Connor, Rachel Ellis, Hendrik Kolenberg, Margaret Loy Pula, Mandy Martin, Arthur McIntyre, Mavis Ngallametta, Tom Polo, David Serisier, Tim Storrier, Aida Tomescu and John R Walker. These are shown alongside collection highlights.

Danelle Bergstrom: Afterglow

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Based in Hill End since 1997, Bergstrom now lives between Australia and Åland, a remote archipelago in Finland.
Bergstrom uses landscape and portraiture as vessels to navigate “human emotion, experiences and choices”, where the artist paints what she feels, rather than what she sees. Afterglow traces Bergstrom’s own life as it is reflected in the overtures and undertones of her subjects, from major landscape paintings and portraits to intimate sketches and drawings.

Leanne Wicks: Birds Like Us

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

of artists associated with the artistic programs of BRAG and the Cementa art festival. Each portrait merges the personality and practice of artists with Australian birds to create a unique and whimsical knitted installation.

Suzanne Archer: The Mermaids Tail

Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

With over 35 years working in the bush, Archer’s life and work are inextricably linked with landscape. The Mermaid’s Tail presents large-scale paintings and works on paper from the last five years.
During this time Archer responded to COVID lockdowns and the period since, in which she has explored the South Coast of NSW. Archer playfully and surreally entwines her narrative with the landscape, marking time and experience – both real and imagined.

Waste 2 Art Mid-Western 2023

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

WASTE 2 ART Mid-Western 2023 is a community art exhibition and competition open to all local residents. It showcases creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials. The aim is to challenge people’s perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

Free entry

Cicada Press 20 Years

Orange Regional Gallery Theatre, 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Please join us for the opening at 6pm on Friday 12 May 2023 Join Michael Kempson, Founder and Director Cicada Press and Bradley Hammond, Director of Orange Regional Gallery for a discussion at 5.30pm prior to the opening. Book your...



WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW, Australia

WAYOUT_blp is a site-specific artwork by Margaret Roberts that makes the site an active player in the work by inviting anyone to lend an object they live with, to be arranged with others into one shape on the WAYOUT floor. These varied objects are the artwork’s ‘chance’ materials delivered by the site. The shape into which they will be arranged is known in art-history as a ‘blp’, and used as a ‘discursive mark’ for ‘here’, wherever it is located. In WAYOUT, that art-usage temporarily frames the objects and their lenders’ decisions to participate. Multiple forms of documentation are planned during the show: observational drawers are invited to record objects’ likenesses and oral history buffs are invited to record stories that lenders tell about their objects. After 7 weeks, this shape will dissolve as objects return home, their ‘provenance’ altered by participation in the communal ‘blp’.


Joleen Ford Feature Artist Official Exhibition

Orange Art Society 22 Sale Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join us for the official exhibition opening for our May Feature Artist, Joleen Ford.
Exhibition will be open for viewing from 14th May until 10th June

Close to Home

Alby + Esters, Mudgee 61 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Mudgee artist Rachel Melcher’s collection of works are coming to our gallery walls. ‘Close to Home’ is a series of landscapes and still life pieces, inspired by the Mudgee region. . On-display until July 6.

Safe Hands Exhibition

Safe Hands, Orange 342 Peisley Street, Orange

Safe Hands at 342 Peisley Street Orange is a place for those with disabilities and mental health challenges to work towards achieving something great.

Waste 2 Art Community Recycled Textiles Competition and Exhibition (Lithgow)

Lithgow Library & Learning Centre 157 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

The Waste 2 Art Community Art Exhibition and competition, sponsored by NetWaste and Lithgow City Council, is free to all residents of Lithgow/ Seven Valleys region to enter and gives aspiring and professional artists the chance to explore and share their waste reduction messages while showcasing their artistic ability.

Free entry


GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Exploring photography, collage, mixed media and assemblage


Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

ARTEXPRESS 2023 will make its way to the region for the first time with Mudgee Arts Precinct hosting the exhibition next month.
The annual exhibition features outstanding artworks created by NSW Visual Arts students for the 2022 Higher School Certificate.

NAIDOC Weel Arts Compeition

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Art competition for the community on NAIDOC come along for judging morning tea and more activities hope to see your entries submissions at the library on the Friday 7th July 2023.


Rosby Wines, Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Mudgee 122 Strikes Ln, Eurunderee, NSW, Australia

The Colourful Shape Of Feeling, is a journey through a garden of abstract florals and vistas. 
Unintentional in their outcomes, Owen’s vivid acrylic works delve into her subconcious as marks are made in layers – inspired by the visual vocabulary of imagery from her property in North West New South Wales. The scultural forms of Prickly Pear, weeds and brambles then a little pop of colour from a wild flower are all part of her language.

While The World Waits

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

In 2022 artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album  While the World Waits. as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work.
While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.
The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.
Artists featured are: Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst), Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Harrie Fasher (Portland), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Heather Vallance (Orange), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Hugh McKinnon (orange), Jane Tonks (Orange), Laura Baker (Blayney), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Henry Simmons & River Yarners (Bathurst), Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Stephan de Witt (Parkes), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Aleshia Lonsdale (Mudgee), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Christine McMillan (Kandos).

Free entry

LITTLE NOTHINGS: Shani Nottingham

Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

As small mundane and usually overlooked pieces of single-use plastic, bread-tags are an abundant waste material, a polluting product that are abundant - a waste material, a polluting product. I reclaim and transform them, moving past their initial purpose and life span to become something ‘other’ that has value and meaning, provoking response and creating a space for dialogue about plastic waste. These breadtags have been saved and sent to me from people all over Australia and the world, as part of my ongoing work for 'The Breadtag Project’. Whatever the medium, I am continually drawn to pattern, colour, line and repetition. The theme of collecting is consistent, too, as I find solace and joy in the process of creating order from chaos, observing similarities and disparities. Through my work, I seek out small elements of beauty and interest in everyday life, of finding moments and objects that can either bind, comfort and hold us or confront and surprise us. 

Free entry


Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

All the creative work is finished, the judging completed and now it’s time to announce the winners. It’s been a competition that has captured everyone’s imagination! This year we have more than 50 fabulous entries from across the Parkes Shire. Come along and see for yourself.

Brenda Stace Chat Painting Exhibition at Rosnay Winery

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Brenda is currently camping out amongst the ancient landscapes of Lake Mungo in far western New South Wales. This echoes earlier solo trips to the Pilbara in Western Australia which resulted in some of her most captivating works that won her the Pilbara Art Award in 2004. Paintings from this trip will feature in this exhibition. Brenda finds the opportunity to create works on country, immersed in the landscape, an inspiration: “away from the mundanity of ‘I wonder how the tomatoes are going?’ You’ve got your kit, you’re self-sufficient and you F*** off. Exhilarating! You find yourself. It takes away the fluff of social constraints”.

KNEE DEEP by Josephine Jagger-Manners

The Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join us for the official launch to be opened by Espen Harbitz, proprietor or the Oriana  Hotel on Thursday 8th June at 6pm All welcome, no RSVP required “I grew up in a coastal town in North East England which...

Artwork Orange Exhibition

CWA Hall Orange Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Don’t forget about our art exhibition on the June long weekend at the CWA Hall in Robertson Park.

une[art]hed Art Prize – GULGONG

Gulgong Memorial Hall 112 Herbert St, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

Gulgong Arts Council is thrilled to announce that Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia's most acclaimed and awarded artists, who lives between Sydney and Paris, is visiting Gulgong as guest judge of our unethed competition in June 2023.


Lake Cargelligo Arts & Crafts Foster St, Lake Cargelligo, NSW, Australia

This year the theme is Home - What is home to you?

Peak Hill’s 50th Annual Arts and Craft Exhibition

Peak Hill Leisure Centre Peak Hill, NSW, Australia

Mark your calendar for Peak Hill's 50th Annual Arts and Craft Exhibition on June 11-12 from 9:30am-4:00pm! The exhibition will take place across multiple venues include Peak Hill Leisure Centre, the Carrington, Peak Hill Country Craft and Visitors Information, Men's Shed AIF Hall, Sharah Sisters - Can Assist, and the Temple Lions. Experience a vibrant showcase of exhibitors, fascinating demonstrations, stunning patchwork quilts, delicious Devonshire teas, photography, mosaics, and so much more! 


The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

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